The last surviving members of the Khmer Rouge have been sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity under an international tribunal. The process toward justice has been long and winding in the decades since Pol Pot left power in the 1970s.
Chinese officials have responded to a letter from 15 foreign ambassadors, spearheaded by Canada, expressing concern over the incarceration of thousands of Chinese Muslims, saying the letter contained "unreasonable requests" and was based on hearsay.
Since 2013, refugees who attempt to reach Australia by boat have been diverted to refugee camps on Nauru or Papua New Guinea. Australian officials are now looking to bring children on Nauru to Australia for care as health concerns escalate.
On Oct. 23, China opened up the world's longest-sea crossing bridge between Hong Kong and the mainland. While some celebrated the bridge as a feat of engineering, others saw it as loaded with political significance.
On Oct. 17, South Korea's Justice Ministry said it would not grant refugee status to nearly 400 Yemenis who are fleeing a civil war as well as a cholera outbreak. Progressives have denounced the move as xenophobic, though others are calling for deportation.
On Oct. 10, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha indicated an interest in lifting some sanctions against North Korea, but backlash from President Trump and South Korean conservatives was swift, as US-led international sanctions remain firmly in place.
South Korea's foreign minister, Kang Kyung-wha, believes that a lifting of sanctions against North Korea could be the next step in a series of negotiations between the two countries. However, many South Koreans still harbor resentment against their neighbor to the north.
As population continues to increase rapidly in Sydney and Melbourne, Australian officials are considering preventing immigrants from settling in these cities unless they have employment or family connections there.
On Sept. 28, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, leaving thousands dead, injured, or missing in its wake. Amid the uncertainty and grief, Indonesians search for survivors and pray to be reunited with loved ones safely.
Denny Tamaki, the first elected leader of Okinawa to have an American parent, is leading a push against the US military presence on the island. Many consider him a "new kind of leader" as he stands for diversity in a country with a reputation for uniformity.
South Korean officials announced the beginning of demining efforts in the demilitarized zone on Oct. 1. The efforts are part of a deal with North Korea to reduce military tensions on several fronts.
Several large coastal towns in Indonesia were hit by an earthquake and tsunami on Sept. 28 washing out communities and trapping residents under rubble. Poor roads and lack of heavy equipment, medical supplies, and experts is making recovery efforts difficult.
Following a series of meetings between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the two announced an ambitious program aimed at bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula – including a pledge on denuclearization.
The continued dialogue between North and South Korea after President Trump's June meeting with Kim Jong-un heralds the possibility of renewed economic and diplomatic ties between the two countries.
A new textile mill in Hong Kong is taking aim at the tons of textile waste dumped into landfills as a result of "fast fashion" with technology that will separate fabric blends in waste garments and produce a recycled yarn to be spun into new clothes.
As hurricane Florence continues to ravage the American South, the Philippines is working its way out from under another natural disaster as landslides pummel the country after typhoon Mangkhut. The government has blamed the mudslides on illegal mining operations.
Located in the North Korean border town of Kaesong, the office will be staffed by officials from both Koreas in hopes of easing tensions between the two countries ahead of their leaders' summit in Pyongyang next week.